Do condensing boilers condense all the time, and if so do they always emit a
plume of vapour whilst they are doing so??
We have finaly got our boiler replaced in the bungalow we're renting, it
died on the 22nd of feb this year, someone was sent to look at it, dead main
board, uneconomical to repair, quoted for a top of the range workie bosch
jobbie at 1600 squids, so i wasnt surprised when they never came back to fit
another plumber was booked to come and quote, phoned us up and arranged a
time and date, but never turned up, and we had nowt but excuses from the
managment company, in june they told us 'it's getting warmer now, so you
dont really need heating do you'
yes i suppose we could keep wrapping up in blankets and heating just one
room with an electric heater, but we would like to have hot water available
on tap, instead of from the kettle, which can't be used for the shower which
is a mains hot and cold fed off the combi.
complained, got CAB involved, a soliciters letter sent, got nowhere, was
ready to find somehwere else to live.... which isnt that easy, finding a
landlord who will accept LHB, a dog and 4 fancy rats isnt easy, took us 5
months to find this place.
Anyway, out of the blue we got a letter from another managment company
telling us they had taken over from the old un,
so i reported the boiler, someone came out the next day and confirmed it was
beyone economical repair, and arranged for a new un to be fitted,
week later it happened, plumber bods who came were the same uns who were to
have come back in may, he'd recieved an e-mail the day after he'd phoned us
telling him to cancel the job and not to tell us!!!
apparantly they are owed the best part of 10 grand from the old managment
and to top it all, our landlord didnt even know our boiler was broken, old
managment company never told him, apparantly there was some fiddle going on,
this plumber has fitted new boilers to about 25 other properties owned by
our landlord, they all had the same, managment company werent telling the
landlord and giving excuses for not sorting it... of course they would never
tell us who the actual landlord was... data protection and all that they
we were told who the landlord was by the new managment company straight
away, they say it's a legal right for us to know who actually owns the
property, even if a managment company is used,
Anyway, we now have a ravenheat 85T 28KW combi, they had to put it in a new
location as they only had a horizontal flue kit for it, and they had come
down from liverpool, but tht free's up the rest of the old airing cupboard
nicely, would be great if we could remove the wall as it is built into the
So took them quite a bit longer than they expected, but it's all in and
working, we have a warm house at last and can use the house's shower again
(had been using the shower in my motorhome, which usually stays at my
parents house, if we didnt have that we'd have been well and truly stuffed)
anyway, when the boiler first starts up, after a few seconds of the burner
coming on, you get a plume of vapour from the exhaust, which i know is
this plume will keep being emited for about 10 minutes, then it'll stop, now
i dunno if that's cos the boiler is going out of condensing mode, or it was
like petrol cars exhaust on a cold morning, lots of vapour untill the system
has warmed up.
the boiler's controlls are set on the 'super efficiant condensing mode'
positions, and the burner has been on high for a good hour... having to heat
the house up from scratch, it's now modulating down as we're aproaching the
set temperature on my wirless room stat,
we have no TRV's, and ATM all rad valves are fully open,
oh, anyone want to buy any parts for a halstead finest gold combi boiler,
had a brand new fan in november last year, so only been used for 3 months,
got everything except the main board as that's knacked.